Day 10

The spoilt brat that has been driving the entire ward demented with her temper tantrums has finally discharged herself, the relief is unbelievable! We still have all the other crap here to deal with but getting rid of our little darling has resulted in all of us cheering up quite significantly. On the downside I've seen a nurse use a dirty sock to clean of one the name boards, I practically had to lift my own chin off the floor manually as I just couldn't believe a nurse could or would do that. We also have a dead body in the room opposite us, the gentleman died of hospital acquired pneumonia at around 11 am this morning, the family were here within 15 minutes to see him, they left two and a half hours ago but his body still hasn't been removed, I have no clue what the protocol is in situations like this. It's now visiting time so I presume they won't be moving him before that ends! Maybe they'll do it after visiting hours are over, however I have a horrible feeling he may just be left here till after the ward has settled down for the night, as that's not going to be for around another 10-11 hours I hope to goodness his window is open, bear in mind the temperature on the ward is around 25 degrees C things could get a bit ripe round here. There's nothing like being given dignity after death and this is certainly nothing like being giving dignity. I thought this place couldn't appal me any more than it had already, I guess I was wrong. RIP Robert.
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6 Responses Dec 16, 2012

So glad you're home!!!
Some things simply can't be reclassified as "entertainment value".

Yes, RIP Robert. Can you imagine how Robert's family would feel if they knew his body had not been respectfully taken away? I would be livid! ... And it is very wrong for you to have to know that the poor man is in there deceased. Some folks just aren't able to handle that type of thing. The stories you tell about this experience are ghastly and disturbing to say the least. 2-21/2 days or so, you'll fly away.

Only good thing: adios little know it all twit! ;-)

oh dear gawd

. *hugs* i want you out of there pronto! and you have to report them.

Have been reading with a kind of fascinated horror your recent experiences of our glorious NHS. Really hope you get home soon in better health and spirits than before.
I understand how the naturally caring nature of the nurses gets undermined by the need to meet targets and the constantly changing patients make it difficult to form personal relationships, but in the end surely this is at the heart of nursing. Being able to see each patient as an individual. To attempt to meet their needs, whether medical, social and emotional as far as is possible. Perhaps this is too much for some of them to keep up all the time.

They probably were real human beings once, but got burnt out, didn't realise it and carried on in the same job from habit. Little realising that they were becoming the worst example of their profession. I pity anyone who is helpless in their hands.

Very poor reason to choose such a demanding career.

There's a sitcom in here somewhere....... ;)

oh my. I'm not sure of the protocol on things like that either ... but it seems just awful. I know the NHS is always under pressure, but some of what you've described seems unbelievable. Glad you're getting out of there. ((hugs))

It has to be possible to find someone who will take a story from you. Sadly though I doubt this sort of thing is unusual at all, but let's hope that it could start a ball rolling ... something needs to be done!

wow ... very scary indeed. if this is how things are when people are conscious and aware of their surroundings ... imagine how it could be in situations where people are unconscious and vulnerable. **shudders**